Security startup Applied Identity has picked up $12 million in Series B funding to boost its efforts to lock down users' internal networks and forge new vendor partnerships. (See Applied Identity Raises $12M.)
According to Marty Jost, Applied Identity's director of product marketing, the cash influx will be used to expand sales and marketing and launch additional products. "We're putting together a plan for enhancing the product," explains the exec, though he refuses to give details.
Applied Identitys flagship offering is the Identiforce gateway device. The two-rack, unit-high box sits behind a firewall, but unlike many security products tailored to external threats, this one deals with the internal network.
The Identiforce device works with software such as Microsoft's Active Directory to divide the network into different segments. It then limits and controls access to these segments as defined by specific users, such as the network manager or even CFO. The idea is that this can also limit the spread of external threats such as worms.
A number of vendors are currently scrambling to lock down users' networks, most notably Cisco, which is offering its Network Admission Control (NAC) initiative, and Microsoft, which is touting its Network Access Protection (NAP) strategy. (See Cisco Shores Up Security, Cisco Expands NAC Framework, and Microsoft in Whale of a Deal.)